Year 11 & 12
Year 12s attended the Tertiary Information Sessions at Deakin University on Wednesday afternoon, 19 June, 2019. Students listened to an interesting presentation on aspects of university life and they attended an Expo where university representatives answered questions for students and provided relevant brochures.
Year 11 and 12s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain an understanding of their chosen courses. Please see compass to Open Day information.
Work Experience for Year 10s is being held this week from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, 2019. The students are going to a variety of places including CSIRO, ANZ, PWC, VIC Roads, Deakin University and the Epworth Hospital. Students will be visited by teachers and the students will gain a better understanding of the workplace,
Year 10’s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain valuable information about courses and to get an understanding of the campuses and how to access them.
In Term 1, DET introduced a Career Program for all Year 9 students which is being rolled out across Victoria. The program includes a student career test and a 30 minute interview with a consultant to discuss the results of their career test.
Student interviews will finalised early in Term 3. Parents are very welcome to come to the interview with the Consultant and your child.
Academy of Information Technology | Open Day – Melbourne
Saturday 3 August | 10.00am – 1.00pm | Academy of Information Technology, Melbourne
Open Day is a great way to meet your future teachers. They will be around to tell you more about the courses and subjects and answer any questions you may have. Across all our subjects – animation, 3D design, IT, film and digital design, we will be showcasing the high quality of work our students create.
Find out more and register: https://info.ait.edu.au/attend-open-day-1
Collarts Open Day
Saturday 31 August | 10.00am – 3.00pm | Collarts, Collingwood Campus (Wellington Street)
At our Open Day, we open our doors to the public and invite you to come and experience life as a student on our campus! Throughout the day there will be detailed information sessions on each of our courses, where you will have plenty of time to ask questions and chat with teachers, graduates and student advisors.
Find out more and register here: https://www.collarts.edu.au/open-day
ACU | Talk with Nurses, Midwives and Paramedics
Tuesday 9 July | 4.00pm – 6.00pm | ACU Melbourne Campus
Join us at our Melbourne Campus for Talk with Nurses, Midwives and Paramedics. Hear from a panel of practitioners on what it’s really like to work in health care.
Find out more and register: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/events/2019/july/talk-with-nurses-midwives-and-paramedics
Endeavour College of Natural Health | Info Breakfast – Melbourne
18 July 2019, 7:45 am - 8:30 am
Endeavour College of Natural Health - Melbourne Campus, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Join us at our Info Breakfast to discover how Endeavour can help you realise a truly rewarding career in natural health.
What’s on at our Info Breakfast?
- Be introduced to Endeavour College of Natural Health and our degrees.
- Tour the campus – this includes our library, teaching clinic, break out areas and teaching rooms.
- Find out about our pathway entry options – your prior learning or work experience could assist you in meeting our entry requirements or even take time off your degree.
- Meet with our student enrolment advisors to discuss your study options, which course is right for you, fees and payments, applying and enrolling.
Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/info-breakfast-melbourne-18-july-2019-registration-63447947519
ATAR Notes – VCE Lectures
During the school holidays, ATAR Notes are holding a variety of Trial Revision Lectures for students who will be undertaking the VCE.
They are held at RMIT University in Melbourne, and feature many subjects including Physics, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Legal Studies, Ancient History and more!
The lectures are scheduled from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 July, and are completely free to attend.
View the full list of upcoming lectures and register your attendance here.
University of Melbourne | Bachelor of Arts Hackathon
Thursday 4 – Friday 5 July | 9.00am – 5.00pm | University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus
You’ve heard of a tech hackathon – but what about a humanities hackathon?
At MAJOR HACK 2019, join Year 11 and 12 students on our Parkville campus to solve a problem through the lens of five majors in the Bachelor of Arts: English and Theatre Studies, Media and Communications, Classics, History, and Politics and International Studies.
Find out more and register: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/connect-with-us/events-for-future-students/all-events-listing/bachelor-of-arts-hackathon
Code Like a Girl: 3-Day School Holiday Coding Camp: Music & Memory
Monday 8 – Wednesday 10 July | 8.45am – 3.30pm | $396.71 | Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray
In this 3-day coding camp, we’ll provide a back-stage look at the intersection of music and technology.
From coder to composer we’ll help you code your own song and create a backing track using real musical circuitry.
Find out more and register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/code-like-a-girl-3-day-school-holiday-coding-camp-music-memory-ages-12-16-vic-tickets-61290282886
Teen Innovator Winter Holiday Program
3 July 2019, 9:00 am - 5 July 2019, 3:00 pm
Forest Hill College, Mahoneys Road, Burwood East VIC, Australia
The Teen Innovator Program infuses leadership and good core values together with advanced technology, coding, robotics, artificial intelligence and creating.
The programs enable teens to learn more about themselves and discover their talents while learning about advanced technologies. Teens will learn the value of resilience, other good values and how to problem solve, which will bring out the leader in them as they prepare for their future careers.
Find out more: https://innovatetechacademy.com/teen-innovator-winter-holiday-program-2019/
Scholarships & Competitions
Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship | Deakin Uni
Open/Closing Dates: 28/09/2018 – 08/01/2019
Value: $35,000 - $80,000 AUD
Deakin’s prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded each year to 26 eligible undergraduate students whose exceptional academic achievements and extra-curricular activities truly set them apart.
To be eligible you must be:
- an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
- commencing at Deakin University in an undergraduate bachelor degree in any trimester/semester in the 2019 academic year
- enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study
- enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place.
You must be able to demonstrate academic achievement in one of the following:
Consideration will be given to:
- your extra-curricular activities and achievements, for example in the areas of leadership, community service, the arts, volunteering, or sport
- students experiencing personal or financial hardship.
To apply: Directly through Deakin’s course and scholarship applicant portal. Include supporting documentation required:
- evidence of your leadership activities or community service achievement
- evidence of your sporting or other achievements.
Follow the steps and select the ‘Deakin Funded Scholarships Program’ option, your application will automatically be considered for the Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship, Deakin Scholarship for Excellence and Deakin Student Support Scholarship in the selection process. This reduces the number of scholarships you have to apply for and increases your chances of receiving a Deakin scholarship.
Find out more
The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize
The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award open exclusively to Australian secondary school students in categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Fifteen shortlisted writers receive feedback on their work, are invited to meet John Marsden, and participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop and special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize and a book pack courtesy of Hachette Australia.
Entries are open until 11.59pm on Sunday 30 June.
Find out more and register: https://expressmedia.org.au/programs/john-marsden-prize/
Crown Sydney Artist Initiative
Crown Resorts Limited is taking an innovative approach to sourcing art for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, Sydney’s first 6 star hotel, by creating an initiative that endeavours to showcase photography by Australia’s most promising emerging creative talents.
Winners and finalists will have their work showcased within the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, featured on the Crown Sydney Artist Initiative website, published in the Art of Crown hardbound book, which will be featured in all Crown Resorts properties, and exhibited at the 2019 Crown Sydney Artist Initiative Finalist Exhibition. Winners will also receive a cash prize.
Find out more and enter: https://artistinitiative.crownsydney.com.au/submit
Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship
Open/Closing Dates: 05/08/2019 – 30/09/2019
Value: $17,500 - $32,500
This scholarship is awarded to talented students in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement during their Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB).
To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, and have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia, or
- be an Australian citizen and have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate outside Australia.
- have applied for a University of Melbourne undergraduate course via VTAC for commencement in the year following completion of Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate
- not have previously undertaken any tertiary studies (excluding extension studies completed as part of a Year 12 program), and
- satisfy the prerequisites for a University of Melbourne course and:
- have achieved an ATAR of at least 99.90, or
- intend to undertake the Bachelor of Music and have achieved an ATAR of at least 99.85 and achieved an audition score of A+ , or
- be of Indigenous Australian descent and have achieved an ATAR of at least 90.00
The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship is guaranteed to all eligible students.
Find out more
John Button School Prize
The John Button School Prize awards the best essay on a subject concerning Australia’s future by a Victorian student who is in Years 10 to 12 and is younger than 19.
Essays submitted for the School Prize will discuss Australian politics or policy. They might address such topics as Australia’s population, climate change, reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, water, asylum seekers, education, health, the state of the arts — big ideas for Australia’s future.
The winner receives a prize of $2,500, and $2,000 for their school.
Entries are open until Sunday 7 July.
Find out more and apply: https://government.unimelb.edu.au/engagement/the-john-button-fund/john-button-school-prize
Indigenous Language Song Competition 2019
The ABC are asking schools to work together with their local indigenous community, to translate the Marrin Gamu song into the first language of their area.
They’ve provided resources and links to examples of work (including the winners) from previous years, to inspire and help you.
There are some rules:
You must engage your local Indigenous community for assistance in translating the Marrin Gamu song.
Once you’ve got a translated version of the song and perfected it, you’ll have to record a video and send it to ABC Education (their website can only accept videos up to 300MB, so if you create a larger file size, email them for instructions on what to do).
Don’t forget to include description details of the language the song is in and your location.
The competition is open now and closes at 5pm, 30 August 2019 (AEST)
For more information and resource links, here’s the ABC Education page you’ll need.
Adventure Travel Competition
StarNow are a company who connects talent with casting professionals.
They’re currently seeking talent to enter an ‘Adventure Travel Competition’.
Teams of 2 will travel around the world competing for the chance to win $250,000. There’ll be other prizes given away along the journey too.
Teams can be made up of friends, family, or work colleagues etc.
Anyone aged 18 and over from Australia is eligible to apply.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to travel, score some big money and get yourself on the TV – here’s your chance.
Filming will take place in August through to September 2019. You will be travelling domestically and internationally (so you’ll probably be needing a passport).
To find out more or apply, you’ll have to register with StarNow.
Australian Photography Awards
Australian Photography Awards is on the hunt for Australia’s most original, honest and thought provoking photography.
Their 2019 categories offer Portrait, Landscape, Aerial, Documentary, Travel / Street, Wildlife, Mobile, Film / Analogue, Open / Illustrative, Student & Junior as well as a Peoples Choice. They have a huge prize pool of cash & Fujifilm camera equipment to be won.
Entries are open until Monday 2 September.
Find out more and enter here.
If you’re thinking about taking on an apprenticeship or traineeship and you’re in Victoria, Apprenticeships Matters have tonnes of information that could help you move forward.
Apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete and focus on trades such as carpentry, hairdressing or electrical.
Traineeships can take up to one or two years to complete and are relevant for industries including business administration, childcare or aged care qualification.
They have advice on your different options, how to get started, financial support available, the benefits, as well as resources available to you. They also have a database of current apprenticeship vacancies you could make use of.
Why not have a look at their website and see what they have to offer.
Builders Academy Australia (BAA) Apprenticeships
Interested in a career in the Construction Industry and looking to for opportunities to get an apprenticeship within the sector, then BAA could help.
They’re a registered training organisation (RTO), offering qualifications from pre-apprenticeships up to Diploma level and cover trades such as carpentry, plumbing, work health and safety and building and construction.
- Receive training from qualified trainers with recent and relevant experience
- Choose from class based, workplace based and online training
- Courses are available across urban and rural parts of Australia
- Offer access to Commonwealth and state government subsidies for eligible students, and VET Student Loans student loans (for Diploma courses only) and payment plans.
People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
To find out more about their courses and Apprenticeships intake dates, have a look at their website or get in touch.
WEP Student Exchange Online Information Session
28 August 2019, 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Imagine making friends from all over the world, learning about yourself and the world around you and seeing sights you could only dream of!
Find out more about your high school student exchange options at WEP’s info session.
Find out more: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D9vUf43cTqmYOmbwpM0DiA
Careers and jobs
What do they do?
Doctors are highly qualified and skilled people who diagnose, manage, treat, cure and prevent illness and promote wellness in their patients.
There are lots of different types of Doctor, depending on your area of interest and strengths you might like to consider these options – but you won’t have to decide until much later on your journey to becoming qualified.
If you’re good with people, compassionate but analytical, can retain and use information in lots of different way, and enjoy variety then you could consider becoming a Doctor.
Duties vary depending on the type of Doctor and practice, but examples include:
- examine patients to determine the nature of the disorder or illness and record the patient’s medical information
- order, perform and analyse laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic images and procedures
- provide overall care for patients, and prescribe and administer treatments, medications and other remedial measures
- aid in the prevention of diseases and disorders by advising patients on diet, exercise, hygiene and general health
- prescribe and administer medication and inoculate patients to prevent infectious or contagious diseases
- provide pre-natal and post-natal care
- report births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities
- arrange for patients to be admitted to hospital
- refer patients to other medical specialists and exchange relevant medical details.
- Good communication skills, compassion and a good bedside manner
- Able to exercise high ethical standards
- Enjoy working with people
- Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- A high degree of motivation and self-discipline
- Ability to work long hours, often under pressure
- Good practical skills
- Ability to solve problems
- Effective decision-making skills
- Leadership and management skills
- Drive to continue learning throughout career
- Analytical ability
Time management Pathways
The training required to accomplish this goal will take nearly a decade AFTER high school and be extremely rigorous.
Entry into medicine is competitive and you will need to demonstrate perseverance to complete the training, a strong desire to help others, a true intellectual curiosity about medicine in particular, and a love of learning in general.
You’ll have to complete:
- Undergraduate (3 years) & Master’s degree (3 years) OR a combined direct entry program (5-7 years)
- 12 month (47 weeks full time) internship / postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) doctor completing rotations in: emergency medical care (12 weeks), medicine (10 weeks), surgery (10 weeks), & 19 weeks in a range of other approved positions in areas such as aged care, anaesthesia, general practice, palliative medicine, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine or surgery.
- Receive general medical registration through Medical Board of Australia (MBA)
- Pursue a research career / work as locum / continue to work in hospitals as non-vocational doctor typically known as Career Medical Officers (CMOs).
- Work 1 – 3 years as a resident and apply to a recognised medical specialty training program – Doctors during this period of prevocational on-the-job training are known as Resident Medical Officers (RMO) or “Resident”, Hospital Medical Officer (HMO) in Victoria or Trainee Medical Officer (TMO) in South Australia.
- Obtain fellowship from one of the recognised specialist medical colleges, and practise medicine independently as a Registrar
- Undertake additional sub-specialty training e.g. anaesthetists may undertake additional training in intensive care.
- Obtain unrestricted Medicare provider number, which enables you to practise medicine independently in your chosen field, anywhere in Australia. Choose to practise in:
- Private medical practice
- A combination of private medical practice with a visiting medical officer engagement at one or more public hospitals
- Employment as a staff specialist in a public hospital or health facility
Average salary: $107,442
Varies with experience, speciality, location, organisation, bonuses, overtime. (Source: payscale.com)
Job growth in this area is strong (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)
What do they do?
Electricians plan, install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes.
Everyday Australians wouldn’t have access to the lights, televisions, appliances and equipment that are essential to modern life without them.
If you enjoy working with your hands, being out and about, and like solving problems, becoming an electrician could be a great decision.
- Test, repair and maintain electrical equipment
- Installing and testing electrical systems and their components
- Removing potential electrical hazards
- Read electrical, architectural and mechanical diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements
- Plan the layout of wiring systems
- Test for, locate and repair electrical malfunctions
- Install electrical and electronic control systems and insulated cables
- Install electrical equipment such as storage heaters, water heaters, electrical signs, switchboards and motors
- Install and connect lighting, switches, power outlets, conduits, cable trays, ladder racks, circuit breakers and emergency lighting
- Identify and assemble electrical and electronic components and appliances required for jobs
- Maintain automated production processes
- Install voice and data cabling
- Technically minded
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Good eyesight and normal colour vision
- Logical thinking and diagnostic ability
- Mechanical aptitude
- Precise and attention to detail
- Work independently or as part of a team
- Physically fit
- Good communication skills
- Accurate report writing & inventory detailing for invoicing
- Maintain high safety standards at all times
Complete a 4-year Australian Apprenticeship. Including successful completion of a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician. Completion of Year 10 including Maths is required.
Universities and other educational institutions also run programs designed for want to be electricians. They include hands-on training and classroom-based learning to prepare graduates for work.
In order to work (regardless of your qualification / pathway) you’ll then need to qualify for an Electricians License by completing an LEA Assessment.
Automotive Electricians average $54,288 per year (Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)
General Electricians average $72,800 per year (Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)
Job growth in this area is moderate (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)
Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding
The Careers Team